Lab Members



Jasmin Cloutier

Director

Jasmin Cloutier is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware. He received his PhD in Psychology and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College, worked as a postdoctoral associate at Tufts University and M.I.T, and previously was an assistant professor at the University of Chicago. He is broadly interested in social cognition and social neuroscience with an emphasis on research questions related to person perception, person evaluation, and impression formation. His current work often focuses on how interracial contact and social status shapes the outcome of these processes.

Jennifer Kubota

Director

Jennifer Kubota is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware.  She was previously an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and The Center for the Study Of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) at The University of Chicago. Her research explores the social cognitive and neurocognitive processes involved in how we form impressions of others. In examining these basic mechanisms, she bridges social, cognitive, and neuroscience research with decision-making to advance psychological theories, to test the flexibility of impression formation, and to examine the constraints of interventions in producing lasting reductions in social group inequalities. To achieve these goals she utilizes a multi-level approach that includes investigations of hormonal determinants (e.g. cortisol), neural activations (e.g. EEG, fMRI), and behavioral outcomes and decision-making. She previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow at New York University and received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Neuroscience at The University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Kubota’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Aging, the National Science Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.

Bradley Mattan

Post Doctoral Scholar

Brad worked with the Cloutier lab from 2011-2012 as a Masters student. During that time, he examined the role of prejudice and stereotype endorsement on the perception of immigrants, with a focus on race and immigration status. After completing his M.A. in 2012, Brad hopped the pond to pursue his Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom under the direction of Drs. Kimberly Quinn and Pia Rotshtein. Brad’s doctoral work applied behavioral and fMRI methods to study the prioritization of self-relevant people and perspectives. Brad rejoined the lab in the autumn of 2015 as a post-doctoral scholar working with Dr. Jeni Kubota and Dr. Jasmin Cloutier in the Impression Formation Social Neuroscience Lab. Using a combination of behavioral and fMRI methods, Brad is currently investigating how social status influences the way we evaluate and pay attention to others. Brad is also interested in how status intersects with other social categories (e.g., race, gender, age) in shaping the impressions we form of others. Outside the lab, Brad enjoys traveling, languages, cycling, nice cups of coffee, and brushing up on jiu-jitsu.

Grace Handley

Graduate Student

Grace joined the IFSN lab in 2016. She is broadly interested in social cognition and the psychological and neural mechanisms involved in face perception, and she is specifically interested in the ways in which individual differences in intergroup contact shape people’s perception and evaluation of social targets. Previously, Grace was a research intern at the American Association of University Women and a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Grace’s hobbies outside of the lab include photography, spending time outdoors, watching baseball, and collecting houseplants.

Tzipporah Dang

Graduate Student

Tzipporah is interested in person perception and social neuroscience, specifically social categorization based on facial cues, limited information, or person-knowledge. She hopes to study the neural underpinnings of judgments of ambiguous social groups. Her previous research experience includes how processing of social information influences the use of stereotypes and the outcomes of attachment-based therapy for foster children. She also enjoys olive-free foods, dogs (especially Huskies and Dachshunds), and music.

Denise Barth

Graduate Student

Denise Barth is a second year PhD student in the IFSN lab. As a researcher, she is interested in how we categorize and stereotype individuals based on various identities, such as race, and additionally how our biases and environments interact to influence our perceptions of others. She hopes to be able to apply findings related to these research interests to contemporary social issues. Previously, Denise was involved in research looking at working memory deficits in individuals with concealable stigmatized identities and completed a master’s thesis which studied environmental influences (i.e. racial prototypicality, group identity composition) of race categorization. In her free time, she likes to explore areas around Newark and read about social justice issues.

Sam Venezia

Lab Manager

Sam joins the IFSN lab at the University of Delaware after working as a research assistant the previous academic year. He is broadly interested in social neuroscience, specifically in the domains of impression formation and social categorization. Sam hopes to study the neural mechanisms related to how facial cues and status indicators shape perceptions of others. Sam received his B.A. in psychology from Benedictine University where he worked in Dr. James Davis’ Behavioral and Social Sciences lab. There he worked on projects concerning group dynamics and motivated reasoning. In his free time, Sam enjoys running, hiking, traveling and generally being outdoors.